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Aqua Restaurant

1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949
+1 252-261-9700
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Ranked #11 of 30 restaurants in Duck
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $19 - $31
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Route 12 North
Description: Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with dynamic sunset views. Award winning wine list, full bar with signature martinis, contemporary, regionally inspired cuisine, with a children's menu and groups encouraged. Live music and sushi in season. Events and weddings; no better venue on the water. Cheers, let's meet at AQUA!
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English first
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We weren't crazy about this place. Five dollars for water??? Strange outdoor seating with drunk people playing corn hole. It's a nice place but seems like they don't know what kind of place they want to be. Seemed like a commune not a restaurant. We will probably not be returning here. It takes an acquired taste that's not very appealing... More

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We were convinced to eat outside when we hesitated. We would recommend eating inside, as the outside was too informal, dark and buggy. I agree with an earlier reviewer that there were too many kids that appeared never to have eaten out before. Maybe it was just the parents there that night, but our children are more respective of their... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My wife and I wanted to have our first sunset dinner and this place delivered that and then some. Our food server (Alice) was attentive and courteous. My wife had a chicken dish and loved it and I had seared scallops over sweet pea risotto that was really good. The atmosphere was fantastic even though it was busy. The sunset... More

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us here at Aqua! Thank you for taking the time to recognize the hard work of our team. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More

Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

First let me state that we love this place, my wife and I have special memories at this restaurant, but !!...here lately there are a lot of parents bringing in a large groups with lots of small kids. This is a nice restaurant, not stuffy, but most of the parents do nothing but let their kids run amuck...( I have... More

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments regarding children in our restaurant. As managers, it appears we need to be more diligent in monitoring the behavior of our guest's children. We do our best to provide a balanced atmosphere where both kids and parents can enjoy a relaxing night out. There are plenty of outdoor areas that we are able to direct... More

Rockville, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

On a rainy Saturday night at the Outer Banks, we were looking for a nice restaurant with a view for a birthday dinner. Fortunately, I chose to make a reservation the night before so we wouldn't have a long wait for dinner. Aqua sits right on the sound and our table had a fantastic view of the water. Our server... More

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so glad that you had such a wonderful experience at Aqua. We hope to see you again soon! More

Owenton, Kentucky
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Based on a recommendation from a staff member at our resort, our family decided to try the Aqua Restaurant. We ordered the pimento cheese appetizer which was good. For dinner, we had the tomato basil soup, the ahi tuna, and the pan seared scallops. Based on the dinner prices, we were expecting an excellent meal.....however, we were disappointed that our... More

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Woodbridge, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Loved the food, service, atmosphere, and prices! I had the fish and chips for lunch and it was probably the best I've ever had. Their corn and crab soup was a little pricy but it was AMAZING so I definitely recommend that. Our waitress, Swann, was great too.

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are so glad you enjoyed yourself and we hope to see you again! More

Amissville, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The front of the house is friendly, the kitchen is innovative, wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive (especially JR), Lucy is one of the best bartenders (excellent classic cocktails, makes a superlative Sidecar!) Have enjoyed meals here on multiple visits, every one done well. Oh, and the sunsets... did I mention the sunsets?

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate your kind words. Thank you so much for recognizing the hard work of our team. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More

Simsbury, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We tried here for lunch, mainly because we heard they had gluten free offerings. They did not have a big selection at lunch, but the server was very helpful guiding my son on his choices. We had a wonderful sweet corn and crab soup for an appetizer. We had a few grilled chicken Caesar salads which were delicious, a rueben,... More

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the positive comments. It’s always encouraging when customers acknowledge the good work of our team. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More

Boone, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We visit the outer banks from across the state. We are from NC. Coming from the mountains, a taste of the local fare is a big deal for us. Personally, I grew up vacationing on these beaches and prefer a more of a laid back atmosphere, casual with acoustic music. However, it was my Mom's 70th birthday, so we agreed... More

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review AQUA Restaurant. It’s very disappointing to receive a comment like this. We work hard to offer good food and friendly service, and I’m sorry that we didn't meet your expectations. While our fish tacos and scallops receive many outstanding compliments, we realize that the way we prepare the dishes may... More

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